Late disclosure causes carbon copy case collapse

(Posted on 03/06/19)

The trial of eight defendants accused of fraudulent carbon credit and diamond sales collapsed last week after the credibility of the prosecution’s expert witness was called into question. It emerged that Andrew Ager (pictured), called in more than 20 previous trials, had no academic qualifications, had read no books about carbon credits, had made assertions that were untrue or factually inaccurate in a meeting with the expert witness... Read more...

Ian Bailey case heading towards miscarriage of justice

Ian Bailey case heading towards miscarriage of justiceBy on 27/05/19

The Ian Bailey case featured in Jennifer Forde and Sam Bungey's podcast 'West Cork' and true crime fans should read this fascinating legal analysis.
In his article for the Irish Times, Dermot Walsh, Professor of Law at Kent Law School and author of 'Walsh on Criminal Procedure', argues that the Irish Government has shown an exceptional willingness to cede the prosecution of Irish crime to other states. Read more...

‘Murderer’ loses judicial review of CCRC’s refusal to refer for appeal

(Posted on 21/05/19)

Paul Cleeland served 26 years in prison for the 1972 Hertfordshire murder of Terry Clarke. He has always maintained he was at home with his wife at the time but legal challenges over the years have failed. This month he lost his latest High Court legal battle: a judicial review of the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) decision not to refer his case to appeal. Clarke, a suspected gangland boss, was shot with two rounds... Read more...

Reasons to doubt: What’s the point of the miscarriage of justice watchdog?

Reasons to doubt: What’s the point of the miscarriage of justice watchdog?By on 03/05/19

Just what is the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) for? The question isn’t facetious. For all its problems, the cash-strapped and oversubscribed Birmingham-based miscarriage of justice watchdog seems blessed with a simplicity of purpose. It was set up in 1997 with a single job: to send wrongful convictions back to the Court of Appeal.
This article first appeared in the New Law Journal and is reproduced here with kind permission.. Read more...

Forensic science is in crisis – and this could have critical effects on UK legal system

By on 04/04/19

British scientists played a major role in developing key technologies and techniques for global legal systems. These tools – such as fingerprint and DNA analysis – reveal relationships between individuals, objects and locations involved in a crime. But, as the importance of forensic science and technology for the legal system continues to increase, there are major concerns about the survival of the institutions engaged in such work and the integrity with which it is used.

Today’s problems may not be of the same magnitude as forensic science failures of the 20th century. For example, at the 1975 trial of the Birmingham Six, forensic science evidence contributed to wrongful convictions for murder. But the crises we are now seeing, especially failures to follow rules to make trials fair and the incorrect reporting of test results, seriously harm peoples’ lives. Read more...

from Private Eye

(Posted on 01/04/19)